British model kidnapped in Italy and put up for auction on internet

Trevor Jackson
Августа 6, 2017

The 20-year-old woman had been lured to Milan by the promise of a modelling shoot, after the alleged kidnappers had contacted her agent to book her.

"Fantasist or not, what is clear is that he is a very unsafe man who drugged his victim as soon as she was kidnapped and put her inside a large travel bag in the boot of a vehicle", Milan deputy prosecutor Paolo Storari told a press conference.

The 20-year-old model had travelled to Italy for what turned out to be a bogus photo shoot in Milan.

At one point, according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the woman was told she could be freed upon payment of €50,000 euros (around £45,000).

A 30-year-old Polish national who resides in the United Kingdom was arrested on kidnapping charges.

The woman was kept handcuffed to a wooden chest of drawers in a bedroom for a week, police said.

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Prosecutors in Italy said Herba was linked to the Black Death criminal organisation that works on the dark web.

According to court documents, the woman was drugged by her abductor and held in a small town in the north-western Piedmont region of Italy.

Her kidnapper, described as a British-Polish man, held her captive for seven days while he sought to "auction" her through networks on the "deep web" of the internet with a starting price of €300,000, police confirmed.

It is understood the police investigation involved reconstructing the kidnapping scene and studying CCTV footage from the area.

Italian investigators have since established that the suspected kidnapper had already organized several online auctions for the sale of abducted girls, referring to them as "prey".

The British Foreign Office said only that it is providing consular support to a British woman in Milan and that it is in touch with local authorities.

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